Remember the scene in Star Trek: The Motion Picture where Spock gives Kirk a copy of Religion and Science Fiction for his birthday? Neither do I. But if he had given him Religion and Science Fiction instead of A Tale of Two Cities, then it is just possible that the chapter on good and evil in Star Trek and The Prisoner might have helped him deal with some of the baggage he was carrying around with him. Being split into his positive and negative halves, encountering his ruthless counterpart from a parallel universe, and many other such things that happened to him seem to have been things that James T. Kirk would rather forget. But that doesn’t mean that you have to!
Come to think of it, since J. J. Abrams has rebooted classic Star Trek, in that new timeline Spock could give Kirk a copy of Religion and Science Fiction for his birthday. J. J. Abrams, if you’re reading this, please consider it! I’ve included a lens flare in the image I made above, just so you can see what it might look like if you took my suggestion and ran with it!
But Star Trek insider jokes aside, books do make great birthday gifts, and you don’t have to tell the recipient that you got it at 40% off the cover price!